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Richmond officials attend Knights of Columbus Tournament for veterans and families

The sixth annual tournament to benefit Virginia Veteran and Family Support took place September 7 at Piankatank River Golf Club (PRGC) in Hartfield and was hosted by the Knights of Columbus Fr. John Boddie Assembly 3349.

The field of 71 golfers began by singing the National Anthem, receiving a blessing from Assembly Chaplain Fr. Jerry Kaggwa, and heading out for a shotgun start under steamy late summer conditions. After their rounds, competitors retired to the Steamboat Restaurant for food, drink, fellowship and presentation of awards. 

In attendance this year was Carlos Hopkins, Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Hopkins played in the tournament and later addressed the gathering, thanking all for lending their support to the state’s veteran community through this event.

Hopkins was joined by Dr. Colleen Ewing, the new Director of Virginia Veteran and Family Support (VVFS). The program coordinates housing, behavioral health, rehabilitative, and other supportive services for Virginia veterans and their families. The all-volunteer Virginia Veterans Services Foundation receives private contributions on behalf of VVFS to supplement public funding. Dr. Ewing remarked how appreciative she was of how the Knights of Columbus has come together the last six years to support our veterans and their family members.

Tournament director Al Langer said, “Today we were honored to have Secretary Hopkins and Dr. Ewing with us to be part of this tournament. It was another success thanks to the strong player turnout, a host of loyal sponsors and donors, our great golf course, and team of devoted volunteers. The response to this need continues to amaze and reflects the strength of our community. And, as always, Buzz Lambert’s PRGC team—the pro shop, superintendent and crew, and restaurant staff—made it a superb experience for everyone here.”

Assembly 3349 is the local patriotic Fourth Degree Order of The Knights of Columbus, with members from the Church of the Visitation in Topping, and the Church of Francis de Sales in Mathews. Through these six golf tournaments, the Assembly has raised more than $40,000 for Virginia Veteran and Family Support.

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posted 09.12.2018

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